Last update Nov. 17, 2014
Very Low Risk
Because of a small dose used and low absorption through skin (less than 1%), excretion into breast milk in significant amount is unlikely.
Despite of it is well absorbed by the gut, it is rapidly and completely metabolized into Monic acid which is a non-active metabolite. However, whenever used on the nipple, it is recommended remove excess of cream by using a gauze.
Effectiveness is not higher than purified Lanolin for treatment of sore or cracked nipples. Results in the treatment of nipple infection due to Staph. aureus are less encouraging than with the use of oral antibiotics.
Caution should be observed with the application of creams, gels and other products that are indicated for local use if they contain paraffin (Mineral oil) to avoid absorption by the infant.
We do not have alternatives for Mupirocin since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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